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Old 11-24-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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I made an all-grain IPA last month, the OG was 1.059 and the FG after 10 days was 1.014 and I racked the beer into a keg. I've made this recipe several times. I used 1.8 packs of US05 dry yeast (Mr Malty called for 1.4 11g packs but I accidentally overpitched a little.) I had a little beer left over in the fermenter so I bottled it in a 12 oz bottle and used 1 carbonation drop as a primer. Now, it's been a month and my kegged beer has a weird green, maybe yeasty taste. But, I opened the bottle conditioned version of the same beer and it tastes just fine. So will the kegged beer eventually be OK? Should I take the keg out of the keezer and let it sit at room temperature for 30 days or so? Any other suggestions appreciated.

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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I'd pull it out and let it sit warm for a couple weeks, I don't know if you need 30 days. You're seeing a prime example, that a lot of folks don't seem to grasp, beer needs to condition regardless of whether it's in keg or in the bottle. A lot of new keggers think kegging means you can drink sooner.....but that's ONLY if the beer doesn't need to condition.

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It takes longer for a keg to clear out simply due to how tall the column of beer is. The other difference is that you end up decanting a bottled beer while the keg serves from the area of greatest yeast concentration right until it flocs out really compact.

10 days is a pretty short time anyway. It probably went into the keg well before it was clear. Warm or cold, the keg is going to take a while to clear and then when that happens, you'll have to blow out a couple pints to clear the sediment away from the diptube.

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If the bottle is okay then your keg is probably infected

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If the bottle is okay then your keg is probably infected
Why would you assume that?

More than likely the bottles conditioned faster than the keg did, it's a smaller volume to condition afterall. A keg will take longer to do the same thing. Like Bobby M said, 10 days makes for pretty green, yeasty beer.
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OK, I'm taking the keg out of the keezer for two weeks and see if that helps. It could be infected as well from my beer lines, I didn't clean them for a while. They should be OK but, who knows. The other keg is OK.

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I had a beer that I thought had a really funky taste and could not figure out what went wrong. Finally figured it was the lines, replaced them and the beer tasted great! I couldn't believe how much flavor the old lines were giving off, I couldn't even finish a pint. Now I clean my lines every couple weeks or so...

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